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What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.
Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention – but in her follow up to Clothes, Music, Boys, Viv Albertine has reinvented the genre with her unflinching honesty.
“Fierce, direct, unashamed. She masks nothing…Scythes through the myths, the distortions, the adornments and finds the rich, distinctive stories underneath.” The Sunday Times
To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman’s obsession with the truth – the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. It is a gaping wound of a book, both an exercise in blood-letting and psychological archaeology, excavating what lies beneath: the fear, the loneliness, the anger. It is a brutal expose of human dysfunctionality, the impossibility of true intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents.
“A chronicle of outsiderness…Searingly honest…A painstaking and painful dissection of familial fallout.“ The Observer
Yet it is also a testament to how we can rebuild ourselves and come to face the world again. It is a portrait of the love stories that constitute a life, often bringing as much pain as joy. With the inimitable blend of humour, vulnerability, and intelligence that makes Viv Albertine one of our finest authors working today, To Throw Away Unopened smashes through layers of propriety and leads us into a new place of savage self-discovery.
Hosted by Anita Sethi
Anita Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including the Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, the i paper, Granta, Times Literary Supplement, among others and appeared on BBC Radio.
She has been published in several anthologies and is forthcoming in the books Women on Nature edited by Katharine Norbury and Common People edited by Kit de Waal. She has interviewed many writers, musicians, artists and politicians, and appeared at festivals in the UK and around the world. She is a Judge of the Costa Book Awards 2018.